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CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
. >> the alliance for health reform last week look at proposals to raise medicare's eligibility age. we will hear from representatives of the kaiser family foundation, aarp, and the american benefits council. this is just over an hour and a half. >> if i can have your attention, we're going to try to get started. my name is ed howard. i'm with the alliance for health reform, and i want to welcome you on behalf of our board of directors and on a very leadership, senators rockefeller and blunt, to a program about proposals to gradually increase the age for medicare eligibility from 65 years to 67. now, it's a topic that's been under discussion for a long time, back when i was on the staff of the then existing house aging committee. this was a topic that came up from time to time. it's particularly coming up now, of course, in light of the ongoing rise in the age for full social security benefits, 65 to 67. and, of course, it's front and center in the current discussions about how to curb the federal deficits and avoid having us fling ourselves over the so-called fiscal cliff in a couple o
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 11:00am PST
colleagues proposed cuts to medicare for a hike in the debt ceiling. what do you make of that offer? >> i think one of the things that people don't realize is that it's a dirty little secret. the republicans don't want to cut the things that americans want cut. and they want to cut things that americans don't want cut. poll after poll shown americans do not want deficit reduction done by cutting medicare and medicare and social security. so they propose and saw the same scenario when paul ryan put the budget out and because the american people rejected the kind of draconian cuts that the republicans want to make so, you know, that's a nonstarter in the senate. i think it's a nonstarter with the president. sure can pass the house but going nowhere past that. >> the smaller offer we hear that the president is making at 3:00, to congressional leadership, what kind of offer would you like to see the president make? >> well, there was some rumblings i think an hour ago that there was a -- something brewing i think in the senate that had a $400,000 threshold, that was i think a ten-year d
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and you'll never need a referral to see a specialist. join the millions who have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp... and provided by unitedhealthcare insurance company, which has over 30 years of experience behind it. with all the good years ahead, look for the experience and commitment to go the distance with you. call now to request your free decision guide. >> word today that 88-year-old former president george hw bush has been moved to the intensive care unit of a houston hospital. he has been in the hospital since november battling a persistent cough. in houston with the latest. charle
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 10:00am PST
to deal with revenues. that's the bad news. we immediate to deal with the medicare fiscal cliff or you are not going on get your medical bills paid. >> remembering an american original. >> iraqis are dumb muff to attack her going to pay a terrible price. >> nicknamed stormin' norman for his ledgendary temper. he died thursday due to complications from pneumonia. >>> it is a year comes to a close, we look back at the amr moments that left us starstruck and speechless in 2012. >>> good day. i'm luke russert. live in washington, d.c. in for andrea this afternoon is the calm before the economic storm white house officials and congressional leaders have kept quiet. ahead of the pivotal round table discussions we all hope can produce some kind of plan to prevent a fiscal cliff dive in the new year. you guessed it. another day without a deal means more losses on wall street. look at those numbers will. 68 down for the dow. joining for the daily fix, nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. nbc's kelly o'donnell live on capitol hill. and jonathan capeheart. peter, let me start with y
MSNBC
Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
kick the sequester down the road, you patch the amt and medicare fix. all that. if the speaker is willing to put that to a vote, i suspect it would pass in the house and we actually could have a compromise before the end of the year. but it would pass with mostly democratic votes. and the likelihood he's going to want to do that seems to me very slim. that's why i think we're probably going over the cliff. now, my hope is that it's more of a bungee jump than a cliff dive. because on the other side there's some dynamics that change such that republicans can vote for a big tax decrease off of what will then be current law. >> jared, you've got a post -- i just want to go back for a moment. while this ping-pong game is going on in washington, you've got a post on your blog showing the real drag this is having on consumer confidence. so, i mean, what can the president do to protect the economy and try to restore some degree of confidence while these negotiations are going on? >> i think it's a really great, important question. and i think what he has to do is continue to press for a c
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 10:05pm EST
country has gotten older. more people are on medicare and social security and medicaid. that is where the voting power is, and that makes things but more difficult. guest: when you are looking at this specific deal in you want to know why they cannot get together, one of the things people forget, they have already done a fair amount of short-term spending cuts. the budget control act, which cut almost $900 billion from discretionary spending, you have the sequester which sets the baseline norm for discretionary spending. not having that $2 trillion of additional spending cuts on the table for this deal makes it harder to do. there is only so much cutting you can do in a short 10-year time period, especially as the economy is recovering. if you look at health care legislation, tinkered with medicare to the degree that, while it did not fully reform medicare or set it on a sustainable path, there were cuts to medicare in that legislation that is making it harder to include 10-year savings for this current deal. it is almost impossible to find the size of savings in medicare over the next 10
ABC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, it could save you thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and you never need a referral. see why millions of people have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now. >>> welcome back, everyone. there won't be any crying over spiped milk. congress could vote as soon as today on a farm bill that extends price supports for milk. without them, the cost of a gallon would have doubled.
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 2:00pm EST
about? over ten years ago we said we're going to save some money in medicare. we're just going to take a little percentage cut each year in how much we would pay doctors and hospitals who treat medicare patients. therefore, we'll reduce the cost of medicare and be done with it. guess what? we had a great idea, but when it came to imposing the law, the doctors and hospitals pushed back and said, wait a minute, we need this compensation for our care of medicare patients. and, therefore, we postponed it. and every year we postponed it, what we were supposed to save we had to come up with from other sources. the so-called doc fix, s.g.r., is another one. like the alternative minimum tax, which has haunted us as we've done these budgets year in and year out. we didn't solve this problem permanently. we solved it for one year. otherwise what would have happened is starting today doctors and hospitals would have seen a reduction in their government reimbursement for treating patients of over 25%. the net result would have been in springfield and chicago, illinois, and across the nation i
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
gulf home. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i looked at my options. then i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, it helps pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and could save you thousands in out-of-pocket costs. to me, relationships matter. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. [ male announcer ] with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and you never need a referral to see a specialist. so don't wait. call now and request this free decision guide to help you better understand medicare... and which aarp medicare supplement plan might be best for you. ther
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:30am PST
paying more taxes it imposes more of a burden to cut spending, reduce expenditures in medicare and other areas. becomes very problematic for a lot of working family. >> o'donnell: senator coburn, what are you hearing from your republican leader? he of has he come up with a deal? >> we haven't heard anything, just minimal in terms of what's going back and forth. i think they're far apart. i don't think anybody knows what's going to happen. the odds are that we've not seen the leadership on either side of aisle to solve this problem, and why would we think we're going to see the leadership in the next 24 hours to solve the problem? but i would take issue with dick-- the characterization is we're the-- no matter where we raise taxes, what's going to happen to the money? we're going to grow the government with it. we're not going to reduce the deficit because we refuse to solve the bigger problems like saving medicare, insuring social security disability. we're not going to use that money to do anything except continue to grow the government. so the characterization is that we're-- wha
FOX Business
Jan 1, 2013 6:00pm EST
reforms be on the table in washington? the latest on medicare, next. >> rich edson is on capitol hill keeping track of all this for us. rich, i understand the house republicans came out a little while ago from a meeting they had called. what was the resolution there and we also understand everyone is heading back to the house floor. what are the plans for there? >> there are two options. that seems to be the north here. a plan a and plan b. the plan a for pub pbs right now is basically to amend this proposal. they have a package of spending cuts that they could attach to this proposal and as democrats would say, kill it. what they will do now is see if they have enough votes, 218 votes among republicans to get the package of spending cuts attached to the bill that passed the senate last night. if they do not have the 218 votes to do that they will take an up-or-down vote on the senate proposal from last night. if it passes then it goes to the president's desk. now if republicans are successful in attaching these spending cuts to the senate-passed bill, that means it has to go back to
MSNBC
Dec 26, 2012 9:00am PST
republicans wanted to change medicare and raise taxes on people over $250,000. he won the election and people from the very red districts elected in the house simply have not adapted to that reality. >> let me go to jonathan chait and the primal scream and the election president obama won, but you wouldn't know this in washington. doesn't it feel sometimes like one side experienced maybe a different election? >> they did. for the house republicans, they don't have to worry about public opinion. the house republicans got fewer votes than house democrats, but the house republicans won anyway because the districts are drawn in such a way the vast majority of republicans are insulated from public opinion. this conversation we're having of what do the republicans have to do to win back middle america, that's not relevant to them. the only thing they have to worry about is a tea party challenger. that's the only way these guys are going to lose. that's point number one. point number two, no evidence the republican party really wants to cut the main entitlement programs like social security and medi
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 1:00am PST
on seniors, who are relying on medicare. i also have an obligation to make sure that families who rely on medicaid to take care of a disabled child, aren't carrying this burden entirely. i also have an obligation to middle class families to make sure that they're not paying higher taxes when millionaires and billionaires are not having to pay higher taxes. there is a basic fairness that is at stake in this whole thing that the american people understand and they listen to an entire year's debate about it. they made a clear decision about the approach they prefer which is a balanced, responsible package. this rejected the notion that the economy grows best from the top down. they believe that the economy grows best from the middle class out. and at a certain point, you know, it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say we understand we're not going to get 100%, we're willing to compromise in a serious way in order to solve problems as opposed to be worrying about the next election. >> you said republicans have a hard time saying yes, particularly to you. >>
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00pm PST
deficit reduction doesn't fall on seniors, who are relying on medicare. i also have an obligation to make sure that families who rely on medicaid to take care of a disabled child, aren't carrying this burden entirely. i also have an obligation to middle class families to make sure that they're not paying higher taxes when millionaires and billionaires are not having to pay higher taxes. there is a basic fairness that is at stake in this whole thing that the american people understand and they listen to an entire year's debate about it. they made a clear decision about the approach they prefer which is a balanced, responsible package. they rejected the notion that the economy grows best from the top down. they believe that the economy grows best from the middle class out. and at a certain point, you know, it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say we understand we're not going to get 100%, we're willing to compromise in a serious way in order to solve problems as opposed to be worrying about the next election. >> you said republicans have a hard time saying
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 10:00pm PST
chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help cover some of the expenses medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. to find out more, request your free decision guide. call or go online today. after all, when you're going the distance, it's nice to have the experience and commitment to go along with you. keep dreaming. keep doing. go long. of aboya club that got clap and. john: when i give to charity and wonder in his money really helping people? or is it a bureaucracy? middleman? a new roof way of fund-raising addresses the worry and new group connects americans those who are in poor countries this former in the philippines asks for to under dollars to buy fertilizer for her farm this woman asks for a loan to expand hurt business to sell bags assault it sounds nice who keeps track of the money? how do i know would goes to those people? will lie get paid back? the founder joined us from san francisco. had rino which cannot get scammed? >> we spe
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm EST
face that being turned off at the end of the year. a medicare doc fix as they call it and a turnoff of the sequester in exchange for some larger spending cuts tpd. that is the outline of what a small deal could look like. guys, we don't have a whole lot of information on what's going to happen in that meeting. i should also mention that joe biden, the vice president, will be in there. of course, he led some of the early talks and they were all about trying to avoid this problem a year or more ago. those got nowhere. the talks over the summer got nowhere and so far the talks that are going on now have gotten nowhere as well, michelle. >> eamon, the last two things that you talked about, the doc fix for medicare, you don't cut what you pay doctors for medicare. >> that's right. >> turning off the sequester, they're talking about spending more money. no talk anywhere in his plan about any kind of spending cuts. >> yeah. remember, i'm laying out sort of a potential plan that the president could offer. you're right about those two items. also take a look at what's not on there. what the
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 10:00am PST
from a tax increase. we can protect seniors under medicare by making sure that 30% cut to the providers don't go through. the alternative minimum tax which all of us, again, agree should not apply to 26 million americans. we agree on that. let's vote on that. let's create that certainty and move forward. let's create a path to move forward to deal with comprehensive tax policy in a fair and responsible way and let's deal with the deficit and the balance in a fair away. john boehner basically said no to all of that. and that's really not acceptable leadership. >> is there any -- should harry reid amend the bill that the house sent over at all? the fact is, harry reid has -- needs to add republican cooperation. he wants to say, look, this isn't a game. this isn't show. you know, i can bring out a bill, pass a bill. if john boehner says i'm not going to look at that, what's the point? let's make something happen here. that is what the american people are looking for. we're concerned about the fiscal and economic policies. there's a recovery period that we're experiencing to put m
FOX Business
Dec 25, 2012 9:00pm EST
table in washington? the latest on medicare, next. gerri: a ticking timebomb inside the federal budget putting taxpayers on the hook for billions of dollars in defaults. at student loans, that is what i'm talking about, escalating intoou nosebleed territory with delinquencies rates at a new all-time high outstripping any other consumer debt. our student loans the new subprime loan? joining me now, spokesman for the young american foundation. thank you for joining us. we really appreciate your time. the president is talking about higher education and how it should be an economic imperative. listen to this. >> a higher education is no longer a luxury. it is an economic imperative in the 21st century. it is part of what we nee to succeed in this global economy. and i'm going to fight for every young person is willing to work hard to get an education. gerri: should everyone hava college degree? >> if i was the president, i think you might has well said let me be clear. every student should start with 30,000 dollars of debt and maybe a bankruptcy. it's absolutely asinine. the current
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 11:00am PST
around the "news nation." [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they pick up some of what medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. call today to request a free decision guide to help you better understand what medicare is all about. and which aarp medicare supplement plan works best for you. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks, and you'll never need a referral to see a specialist. there's a range of plans to choose from, too. and they all travel with you. anywhere in the country. join the millions who have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp, an organization serving the needs of people 50 and over for generations...
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 2:00am PST
in my 60's... i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, it could save you thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and you never need a referral. see why millions of people have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now. >> ama: our breaking news from the south bay. san jose firefighters are battling a two-alarm fire in an important building -- an apartment building. firefighters sa
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 6:00am EST
love relationship with the institution. it worked at ok -- to my point, medicare, let me step back -- obamacare, i have a love, how long does this marriage have to last, relationship. it is tremendous legislation. it is astounding. people the talking for centuries about this. it is just incredible. i love it for my patients. i certainly do not want us to fall back on ryan-style vouchers for medicare. i know as a er doc that the romney solution for universal access is not in my department for many, many reasons. there is something that both republican and democratic wonks have agreed on. w's budget people agree on it. the sustainable growth rate of medicare is much more insidious and will ruin medicare long before a voucher-style system. how can you have two different parties agree on something so very fundamental and not come together and get it done? >> good question. i want to make one other point, which is that i have a love affair with the institution as well. dr. richard landau has been on the medical factor for 60 years. let me answer the medicare question and then finish. we
MSNBC
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
all day. back to the news. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, it could save you thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and you never need a referral. see why millions of people have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now. >>> so a newspaper in westchester, new york, is defending itself after gaining national attention for publishing names and addresses of gunholders. gun
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 2:00pm EST
. >> the president trashed it in the campaign. i think that's the medicare reform we need. does that mean revenue is at 18% of gdp for infinite? i don't know about that. >> i would like to ask you, governor, what did you think of what obama was saying? do you feel he moved the ball forward or backwards? >> i think the deal will go down regardless because the embarrassment would be so great for not going it. >> who in particular do you think is causing that embarrassment? >> i think washington, d.c. everyone. rs everyone. i think what joe mentioned yesterday is exactly right. people are looking at washington and seeing a dysfunctional city, dysfunctional government and we've got to prove them different and we've got, i think, we've got two to three months to really do something significant. you know, the campaign to fix the debt, which is bipartisan, greg and bloomberg and i are co-claire, we've been calling for them to do something big. they had seven weeks to do something big, and they didn't. they kicked the can down the road. >> they add decade to do something big. jimmy, listen,
MSNBC
Dec 26, 2012 10:00am PST
up anytime soon. if you're eligible for medicare, you might know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call now and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help pay some of the difference. and could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and you never need a referral to see a specialist. so don't wait. call now to request a free decision guide to help you understand medicare. and which aarp medicare supplement plan might work best for you. there's a range to choose from, depending on your needs and your budget. and they all travel with you -- anywhere in the country. best of all, you'll be joining the millions who have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp, an organization serving the needs of people 50 and over for generations. ♪ remember, all medicare supplement ins
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 1:30pm EST
together, the president of the united states basically dismissed social security and medicare from his list of priorities, and what, as my friend from tennessee pointed out, we have a $16 trillion debt. and for to us say that we're not going to do anything about spending when we all know that spending is the biggest problem we have in this agreement, again, that is throwing kerosene on the fire that's on the other side of the capitol and that's my republican colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have committed and pledged to their constituents that we will end this hemaging that -- hemorrhaging that we call spending which has given us the greatest debt in the history of this country. so i guess i would ask my colleague from south carolina, who is usually very modest and reticent in explaining his views particularly in various media outlets of his view on this situation. mr. graham: thank you, senator. i guess my first view is it's better not to go over the cliff than to go over the cliff, but it's also important, as you just said, to understand what we've accomplished. let's as
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
rich man's cutoff in the million dollar range or -- and slashing medicare and social security to appease republicans. this is really -- i know we cause it the cliff, i look at it. it's a clean slate for both sides in 2013, and to dig in in a modern approach. >> well, if that's a republican strategy to blame the president, good luck with that. polls aren't bearing that out. they're getting most of the blame right now. as far as a clean slate, the question is how do markets react after january 1st? i think that's what a lot of members and what the leadership looks at. to joy's point, i think what republicans have demonstrated is they are experts at saying no, and they are experts to saying no to things they have supported in the past. we're talking about a combined $2 trillion in cuts, protecting tax cuts for small businesses, reforming the debt limit so it doesn't continue to provide uncertainty to businesses. these are all things i felt republicans were for, they just can't seem to say yes to anything before. i think it's largely because you have a good number of house republican
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 11:00am PST
cutting social security or for that matter medicare benefits. you can cut medicare in ways you don't cut benefits and the hypocrisy of republicans that said that democrats are terrible because they took $716 billion from medicare for obama care and what do we want to do? pocket the cuts and add more. our chief demand is entitlement cuts. medicare and social security. >> talk about the debt ceiling and where this is played in to this conversation. that is coming up in february or supposed to come up in february. john boehner made the offer to take it off the table for a year but i want to show what lindsey graham has to say over the weekend on "meet the press." >> the big chance for a big deal is that the debt ceiling. that's when we'll have leverage to turn the country around, prevent it from becoming greece and save social security and medicare and to anybody listening to this program, i'll raise the debt ceiling only if we save medicare and social security from insolvency and prevent this country from becoming greece. >> prevent this country from becoming greece. what is your react
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00am EST
reduction doesn't fall on seniors who are relying on medica medicare. i also have an obligation to make sure that families who rely on medicare to take care of a disabled child aren't carrying this burden entirely. i also have an obligation to middle class family toes make sure that they're not paying higher taxes when millionaires and billionaires are not having to pay higher taxes. there is a basic fairness that is at stake in this whole thing that the american people understand and they lynched to an entire year's debate about it. they made a clear decision about -- that the approach they prefer, which is a balanced, responsible package, they rejected the notion that the economy grows best from the top down, they believe that the economy grows best from the middle class out and at a certain point, you know, it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say we understand we're not going to get 100%. we are willing to compromise in a serious way in order to solve problems as opposed to be worrying about the next election. >> you say republicans have a hard time
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
cutting medicare. remember that? >> absolutely. what we did is a real solution. the way he cuts medicare is to cut the doctors, as a physician i can tell you that, and makes it so that the patients, the seniors, don't get the kind of care that they require. >> he cuts medicare advantage. >> no. the independent payment advisory board was charged with cutting $500 billion from medicare. you don't do that without decreasing services to patients. but again, the president's solution -- >> so you think the better solution is cutting benefits to medicare beneficiaries? >> oh, on the contrary. the better solution is premium support to allow seniors the option to have the health care that they choose, not that the government forces them to have. there are wonderful, positive solutions out there. in fact we have put them on the table and passed them through the house of representatives. which is why it's so frustrating for our side, because we've seen these bills sit over in the senate for month after month after month with no action. no action by the democrat senate. >> well, it's been i
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 7:00am EST
months. the peanut need to treat medicare and social secreted did they do not need to treat medicare and social security -- they do not need to treat medicare and social security as short-term picture. host: it still has to go to the house. the need enough votes to approve it. here is "the new york times at" on what they are calling the mcconnell-biden plan -- possibly more to come if the house approves in what the senate did earlier this morning. christine from illinois, the republican line. caller: hello, i am disappointed republican. i'm thinking about switching to the democratic party. i just want to say that mcconnell is really disrespectful to his boss. any buss that have a job, having worked in a factory, will make problems for the boss and not agree and compromise. everybody would talk to them and end up getting fired. they do all the propaganda on the fox network. it is embarrassing. i just wanted to say that i did see one man -- i forgot his name, a congressman, james inhofe, he had the gall to go on a foxx and talk to bush people like they are still in charge and get their
CNBC
Dec 31, 2012 4:00pm EST
have to get medicare under control. i actually don't think the way to control medicare spending is through benefit cuts, i think it's through using managed care for everybody in medicare. that's the only way you're ever going to get ahold of any health care budget. the problem is not medicare, the problem is health care costs for the whole country. >> you wouldn't go along with the idea on medicare to raise the eligibility limit to 67 and then to do means testing for those wealthy americans who would qualify and have to pay more? >> that's an exceptionally bad idea. let me tell you why. raising the benefit package to 67 eligibility, from 65 to 67 is just down right dumb and more expensive. it costs you more money because those 65 to 67-year-olds are going to end up on the exchanges for a whole lot more money and it's going to cost the government more. better to have them in medicare where the administration costs are 4% instead of 20%. so, that's really an awful idea. the idea of means testing, it already is means tested. if you want means tested a little bit more, be my guest, but
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 12:00pm EST
when i tried as part of the affordable care act to get medicare for the expansion of medicaid take some of the burden off the states. sue san colins and i back in 2003 got what was called -- [inaudible] it was medicate payments by the government to help the states struggling with their medicaid cost, so we helped all the states back then. $20 billion we were able to get spread across the states to help them. they were unable to meet the rising cost of medicaid. but in 2017, they are going have a larger share of the cost and i said it's -- to think they're going to be able to pay for that 2017 when they couldn't in 2003 and can't today. we need make sure that is taken care of. they didn't know what the cost was. there was not a cbo score. they put a number in as a place holder, and it turned out it looked like i was doing something simply for my state when i wasn't. the white house douglas in february of 2010, came out and said, no, you don't understand. he was want trying to single out for know. he was trying to get for all of the states. i wanted to get an opt out in case the stat
ABC
Jan 1, 2013 4:30am EST
. >>> medicare reimbursement could take a hit if the fiscal cliff is not averted. reimbursements to doctors will be cut by nearly 30% beginning today because congress may have failed to make the adjustments for medicare payments. it could mean more doctors refewing to treat medicare patients. >>> 2013 will be remembered as landmark year for same sex couples and many couldn't wait to get to city hall at the stroke of midnight. today is a big day as same sex marriage can officially happen in the state. sherrie johnson is live downtown where couples were lined up to say their i dos it was a big morning for many. >> reporter: that's right. a little after midnight 7 same sex couples gathered right here in downtown baltimore at city hall to say their eye dos. this is definitely a historic day for maryland. the couples waited patiently at city hall to say their vows. baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake hosted some of the marriages for same sex couples and perform the first ceremony. couples brought friends and family to take part in the historic ceremony. new year's day has a new meaning for
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
. i've got a nice long life ahead. big plans. so when i found out medicare doesn't pay all my medical expenses, i got a medicare supplement insurance plan. [ male announcer ] if you're eligible for medicare, you may know it only covers about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. call and find out about an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, it could save you thousands in out-of-pocket costs. call now to request your free decision guide. i've been with my doctor for 12 years. now i know i'll be able to stick with him. you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients. plus, there are no networks, and you never need a referral. see why millions of people have already enrolled in the only medicare supplement insurance plans endorsed by aarp. don't wait. call now. ♪ you make me happy when skies are gray ♪ [ female announcer ] you know exactly what it takes to make them feel better. ♪ you make me happy [ female announcer ] that's why y
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
millions of americans. and protect the payments to go out to the doctors that treat the medicare patients. but what about the spending cuts we need to deal with the national debt? >> that's the big problem. they have put off the major tax increases. they're going to fight it all off again next year with another big debate over what happens with the debt limit. we'll see a repraise of the fight we have in the summer of 2011. >> reporter: even though that we have a deal, we need to be clear with people that they are still looming again in a couple of months in their own way? >> even if the house agrees to this. but even if they agree to this, we will have the whole fight again over in february and march. >> what is going to happen then? how will it be different up to this point? >> democrats are going to need to agree to major spending reductions. >> and where are those sticking points specifically as far as the spending reductions? social security? what are we looking at realistically? >> the big one is medicare. we need to make some reductions. how we do it, raising the eligibility of med
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
medicare beneficiaries, and they're trying to protect inheritance tax rates for 7,200 families in the entire country next year, who would get an average tax break of $1.2 trillion. compared to the president's proposal, which is the lowest level of estate tax rates that existed between 1916 and 2009. he wants to go to the 2009 level. so it's just important that people understand that as the clock winds down, republicans in congress are using this time to, again, threaten to allow middle class taxes to go up in order to extract these tax breaks for the wealthiest, because they don't think they should contribute anymore to reducing our deficit. >> they say obviously that it's the democrats who are stone walling here. they said they were expecting a counteroffer to their offer this morning at 10:00. at 2:00, we saw mitch mcconnell come out and say we still don't have a deal. we've heard criticism about the president's tone today on "meet the press." this is what john boehner had to say, blaming the failure of a deal on the president. >> your response? >> well, that's very interesting,
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
the burden on the government and the taxpayer for the medical costs. i believe that in medicare buy- in -- i have 10 years left to go until medicare. i pay $620 a month for my health care. that is a lot of money. i would give that to the government and would usn't use t $100 or $200 a year. host: that is an important issue. we will focus more as the affordable care act t kicks in. for the suggestion -- thank you for the suggestion. the deficit is close to $16.4 trillion. this is part of the debate we will see at the start of the new congress. the so-called fiscal cliff was coined by ben bernanke. the story from "roll call." "it could be reached over this weekend." were heard from the house rules committee chairman yesterday. they are taking steps in advance to extend these tax cuts. a deal could be on the floor today if there is an agreement. from "the washington times" this morning. "offers fly, but still no agreement" is the headline. mitch mcconnell bypassed senator reid to speak directly to the vice president. host: mark is joining us. your thoughts from manassas, a virginia. ca
FOX News
Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
limit the rate of growth in government and no plan to save social security and medicare and we need to start putting political pressure on them to show the american people a plan. the house passed two budgets since i have been here. they both include some proposal to save medicare. the democrats have not done that and this is really where we start turning the messaging on them and start demanding. i think the american people have a right to know, president obama are you going so solve the 92% or 93% of the deficit. what is it that you talked about on the campaign trail? >> sean: how can you help me he out or help the american people out. they don't know what taxes will be in a couple of days and now we are counting the hours. how is it possible the u.s. senate does not pass a spending bill which constitutionally they are supposed to pass in over three years, over 13 hyundais and then elect the house republicans that did their job? how do we get to that point in it this argument? seems a little strange. >> it is incredible. it is an absolute obligation. it would be a common sense obliga
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